Apr 7, 2010 10:03pm
OCLC Fascist manifesto
Check out the new Worlcat holdings records use policy.
Appendix 1: Sample Language for Agreements Between Members and Their Agents
"In connection with Agent's performance of the services specified in this Agreement (the "Services") for Library, Library has made or will make available to Agent copies of bibliographic data, library holdings and/or other information representing Library's own holdings extracted from WorldCat, the online database of such information maintained by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. ("OCLC") and its members (hereinafter "WorldCat Data"). Except to the extent authorized by a separate written agreement between Agent and OCLC, Agent agrees that:
1. it will make no copies and no use of WorldCat Data except as necessary to perform the Services for Library; and
2. it will not transfer or otherwise make available any WorldCat Data (or copies thereof) or any works based on or incorporating WorldCat Data (or any portion thereof) to any party except as necessary to perform the Services.
Agent will promptly delete all WorldCat Data received from Library from its computer systems when the WorldCat Data is no longer needed to perform Services. OCLC may enforce the terms of this paragraph on its own behalf directly against Agent. This paragraph shall survive any expiration or termination of this Agreement."
Basically library members do not own their own data which they paid to place into the Worldcat Database. This is worse than extortion; it is outright thievery.
This post was modified by garthus on 2010-04-08 05:03:08